Claus: Yeah, I would say when I chose my kitchen at home, that was the only thing I was 100% sure of - that it had to be a Sociable Kitchen®.
Julie: Right, which is what?
Claus: Which is for me having an island and place the sink on an island. So when I stand by the sink, I face my family. That was it was set in stone. The rest was a little bit fluffy. It came down the road. But having a Sociable Kitchen® was a decision that was made even before we decided to have a new kitchen, I would say.
And where is it going? At Kvik, we really have a true interest in how people live in their homes and how they work in their kitchen, etc. And so we follow that and monitor it.
Julie: How do you do that?
Claus: You talk to people, that's one way of doing it, but you can also, for example, now we just talked about the smart appliances and the Wi-Fi enabling we could see before Corona, for example, nobody was using that because Siemens and these big players, they can see when you activate your device. Nobody was really doing it but then during Corona all of a sudden people started to activate their devices.
Julie: Because they were home to play with it?
Claus: And I think the man was in the kitchen too, all of a sudden because then he wanted to play with the controls.
Julie: Okay, right. So he wants to control it from his phone?
Claus: So we get an indication that now it’s more people in there. We also know that people are telling us that now I invite my daughter to bake cookies, et cetera.
So more people are in the kitchen. So I think The Sociable Kitchen® and the fusion of the old fashioned work triangle where you take some logistic principles into consideration when planning the kitchen. That's pretty smart.
Just to give you an example of where what I did with my kitchen, I have the sink in an island so I stand there a lot of the time. Most of the time in the kitchen you stand by the sink. I face my family then. If my son and daughter are in the kitchen, I have a waste bin system that is not under the sink. It's moved away. It's moved to the side so they can open it without interrupting.
Julie: Without interrupting who’s at the sink?
Claus: Exactly. Yeah. So thinking about these things is cool. I cannot imagine not having a Sociable Kitchen® in our house.
Photo credit: Claus Johnsen